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Will Smith Says 'Concussion' Is 'Personal' For Him

Will Smith Says 'Concussion' Is 'Personal' For Him

Will Smith flashes a big smile on the red carpet while attending the Centerpiece Gala premiere of his latest film Concussion held during the 2015 AFI Fest at TCL Chinese Theatre on Tuesday (November 10) in Hollywood.

The 47-year-old entertainer was joined at the event by his co-stars Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Sara Lindsey, Albert Brooks, Mike O’Malley, Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje, David Morse and writer-director Peter Landesman.

Will, who plays American immigrant Dr. Bennet Omalu, the brilliant forensic neuropathologist who made the first discovery of CTE, a football-related brain trauma, recently opened up about what the film means to him.

“It was personal for me from day one, when I sat down with Dr. Omalu and he said to me, when he was a boy growing up in Nigeria all he ever wanted to be was an American,” Will revealed (via Yahoo News). “The thing that was a revelation for me with this is that is not really the big hits that are the problem, it’s definitely an issue, but more the issue is the repetitive head trauma.”

FYI: Gugu is wearing a Louis Vuitton dress. Sara is wearing a Haney jumpsuit, Stuart Weitzman shoes, Kotur clutch and earrings, with earrings by Melissa Kaye Jewelry and a ring by Neil Lane.

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